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Casserole State of Mind

It all started last week with a potato casserole. Some may refer to it as hamburger casserole but it’s the one with alternating layers of sliced potatoes, ground beef and cream of mushroom with onion. I like to top mine with shredded cheese because everything is just better with cheddar.🤣🧀👍

I also recently bought the ingredients to make chicken casserole. There are many versions of this but it’s basically shredded chicken mixed with cream of chicken soup and sour cream topped with buttery crushed Ritz crackers. 

Both of these casseroles are dishes that I grew up eating. The recipes were passed down to me by my grandmother along with her special tips. “Make sure to salt and pepper each layer of potatoes.” I guess making these dishes is a way for me to summon comfort from good food and the memories it provides. 

My husband invited me to spend Thanksgiving with his mom when we first started dating. She introduced me to wild rice casserole that would thereafter become a new tradition for me. That’s the wonderful thing about food. How it can serve as a marker of certain times, feelings, people and places. It’s why I love food and cooking. 

This wild rice casserole is my type of food. Simple and delicious. I was so amazed the first time that I tasted it and even more so after I learned how easy it was to make. So, I am preparing it to share so that others may also experience some warm foodie comfort.😍🥘😋

Wild Rice Casserole 

You will need:  1 package of long grain wild rice, 1 can cream of mushroom, 1/3 cup of sour cream, 1/2 tube of mild country sausage (about 8 oz)

To prepare:  Cook rice according to package instructions and set aside. Brown sausage crumbles and drain. Place rice and sausage into a large bowl. Add the cream of mushroom and sour cream. Mix together and season to taste with S & P. Place mixture in small casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Notes: I like to serve this herby, savory dish with sweet peas and dinner rolls. It’s also wonderful as a side for Thanksgiving.🥰 You can top it with breadcrumbs, if you like, for a little added texture. My MIL likes to add sautéed mushrooms to it for the shroom fans out there.

Thanks for reading. What are your favorite comfort dishes? Please share in the comments below. Remember to stay calm and cook on!✌️💜🍴

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Mood Ring Kitchen

I’m a self teaching home cook and aspiring foodie entrepreneur. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to prepare flavorful food such as snacks, desserts and everything in between. Cooking is a way for me to challenge myself and satisfy curiosities about different ingredients.

The hope is to produce something thoughtful, memorable or every once in a while maybe even wonderful. I enjoy following my “gut” and exploring new recipes that can be comforting, exciting and nourishing. Above all else, I enjoy exploring the emotions surrounding food and writing about those experiences. 😝👩‍🍳👩‍💻

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